brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 13, 2009
Well, what surprises do we have here? Pours a luminescent but foggy copper with an ample egg-shell head. Nose is full of earthy, bready, funky, and spicy notes. Great earthy/yeasty flavor that is quickly complimented by ’strange’ herbal qualities. I’m picking up hints of chevril, mint, celery-seed, and who knows what else. Also has a nice cool cucumber aspect that helps clean out and unify all the ingredients. There is a ghost in this bottle, and its name is Innovation. I love Fantome for their eccentricity. I just wish that more than his ’core’ brews were readily available. I think this style (experimental/spice/herb/vegetable) is sorely underrated. A great offering from one of my absolute favorite brewers. Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 I can’t thank SoLan enough for sharing this beer with me. Pours dark brown with a surprisingly small white head and tan edging. The aroma is quite intriguing: lemon, herbs, funky yeast. For a while, there was one taste and smell I couldn’t place until it hit me: SASSAFRASS ROOT. Tastes include sassafrass, more lemon, mint, parsley, musty earth, orange zest, slight hand soap, and the whole kitchen spice rack. Medium carbonation and full-bodied. Incredibly complex and different from other Fantome brews. I enjoyed this immensely. Make more, Dany!!! JorisPPattyn (10003) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2003
Dull amber (yeast in suspension, despite careful pouring), with orange-red shine.
Nose is - GOD WHAT? - cypress? myrrh? incense? - no - it's the smell of bog myrtle in an Irish moor.
Taste: WOOW! This is the taste of kaffir-limes ("wild limes"), if you've ever had the opportunity to taste those, together with bog myrtle, cypress. Yet there is a subterranean sweetness. It's like being in a late autumn garden, next to the cypress plant, wild mushrooms coming up, and in the field next, the winter leeks are being covered, marvellous!
Mouthfeel: oily, slick, but in NO way repulsive.
Aftertaste: what I described as myrrh or cypress, now turns to a resiny flavour: cedar, copalite, Retsina. THAT'S it: this is the Retsina under the beers. Strange (ghost) indeed. I LOVE it. I don't like Retsina. Go figure. Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUL 13, 2003
Ruddy translucent copper with a splotchy head. Nose is an unbelievable combo of cloves, brown sugar, pepper, and....go ask JorisPPattyn. The mouth takes all of wich and adds licorish root, anis, sasparilla, soap and a touch of malt. Finishes with aquavite. tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2005
Cedar, leaves, lavender, sage, white pepper and celery in the spicy aroma. Clear caramel-copper coloured body with a decent and lasting fine-bubbled off-white head that leaves some fair lacing. Cedar, peppery spiciness and yeasty flavours mingle nicely. Smooth and creamy texture with a gentle effervesence that caresses the tongue and cheeks. Truly a unique artisanal beer from a master craftsman. Sampled at Mondial de la Bière 2005.
Sammy (12205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
Amber colour. Amazing aromas of thyme, fennel. Light-medium mouthfeel , undercarbonated- wonderful, creamy, citrus, ginger, anise, lemon Herbal tea Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Rusty orange. Extremely foamy head, sticking on the glass like there’s no end, beautiful lacing capacity. Awesome core pencil shavings yeasty nose. Granite rockiness, overwhelming wood notes. Incredibly complex and jumping at you. Lime and pepper yeasty interplays. It smells like chips, it smells like cedar resin and spruce. Very green aroma, tea like chamomile notes with more spice depth reminiscent of sage and thyme. Very fun to sniff and decorticate, but there’s no way you can figure what’s in there. Rooty greenish flavours. Mellow chillies, spice blend, cumin and maybe even salt. It is very dry in mouth, campfire like or moreso sawdust like dryness, earthy and highly pleasant, just not as enticing as the fiery aroma. Creamy palate, light carbonation, perhaps not as lively as most Fantôme, but even more original and unique. OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 2005 RBSG Montreal Friday Night Tasting. Golden amber colour with a frothy off-white head. Spruce, juniper, caramel, rosemary, and herbal aroma. Eucalyptus, juniper, rosemary, light caramel, and light citrus flavours. Light, dry, but very refreshing. Yummy. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2005
07.10.05, 07.19.05 750ml bottles, 1st at RBSG. Copper pour, light haze, lasting khaki head. Crazed mess of spices is intoxicating. Nutmeg, rosemary, spruce, forest, dust, mint. Flavor follows suit with additions of juniper, lots of pepper. Some banana comes through. Awesome. jrt (62) - USA - OCT 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 Geez, what a strange beer! Smelled like mint and dust, but tasted like rosemary.
Very intense, yet not offensive at all. A beer that really demands that you take your time drinking it. Definitely for the adventurous, but not at all a novelty.